George A. Bermann

George A. Bermann

George A. Bermann


  • Professor, Columbia University School of Law (since 1975), currently Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Law; Walter Gellhorn Professor of Law; courses: International Commercial Arbitration, Investor-State Arbitration, Transnational Litigation; Comparative Law, European & EU Law, WTO Law
  • Director, Columbia Law School Center for International Commercial and Investment Arbitration (CICIA)
  • Professor, Ecole de droit, Institut des Sciences Politiques (Paris)
  • Professor, GenevaM. in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS) (Geneva)
  • Visiting Professor, Georgetown University Law Center (Washington DC) 


  • Arbitrator in International Commercial and Investment Arbitration; in excess of sixty cases from 1980 to date;  president of tribunal and party-appointed, as well as solo, in arbitrations before all major international arbitral institutions (including ICC, ICDR, LCIA, SCC, DIS, SIAC, CPR) and ad hoc
  • Counsel or advisor to counsel in international commercial arbitrations
  • Foreign Law and International Arbitration Law Expert Witness in international commercial arbitrations 


  • Chief Reporter, ALI Restatement of the US Law of International Commercial Arbitration
  • Foreign law expert witness in US courts, international arbitration and courts abroad
  • Expert on International Arbitration in US courts, international arbitration and courts abroad
  • Court-appointed foreign law expert on French, German, Swiss and EU Law 


  • Founding Member, Governing Board of International Court of Arbitration of the ICC (Paris)
  • Member, Standing Committee of International Court of Arbitration of the ICC (Paris)
  • Member of ICC Commission on International Arbitration
  • Chair, Global Board of Advisers, New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC)
  • Director, American Arbitration Association (AAA)
  • Board member, Center for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR)
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London)
  • President of Board, Center for International Investment and Commercial Arbitration (Lahore, Pakistan)
  • President of Board, Thai International Arbitration Center (Bangkok, Thailand)
  • Member, New York City Bar Association, Committee. on International Commercial Dispute Resolution, 1998 to date
  • Member, International Arbitration Club of New York
  • Member, Comité français de droit international privé
  • President, Académie Internationale de Droit Comparé (Paris, France) (2006-2014
  • President, American Society of Comparative Law (ASCL) 91998-2002) 


  • Co-editor-in-chief, American Review of International Arbitration (2010 to date)
  • Member Board of Editors, Revue de l’Arbitrage (2008 to date)
  • Founder and Chair of the Board, Columbia Journal of European Law (1997 to date)
  • Editor in Chief, American Journal of Comparative Law (2000-2008) 


  • UNCITRAL Guide to the New York Convention (co-authored with E. Gaillard)(2016)
  • International Arbitration and Private International law (General Course in Private International Law of Hague Academy of International Law, forthcoming 2016 in Recueil des cours of Academy)
  • Interpretation and Application of the New York Convention by National Courts (forthcoming 2016 Springer Pub.)
  • Mandatory Rules in International Arbitration (Juris Pub. 2011)
  • Party Autonomy: Constitutional and International Limits in Comparative Perspective (Juris Pub. 2005)
  • Transnational Litigation (West Pub. 2003. 2d ed. forthcoming 2017)
  • International Commercial Arbitration (West Pub. forthcoming 2017)
  • Introduction to French Law (Kluwer 2010) (co-edited with. E. Picard)
  • French Business Law in Translation (2d ed., Juris 2011)
  • Human Health and Safety in WTO Law (Cambridge U. Press 2006) (co-edited with P. Mavroidis)
  • WTO Law and Developing Countries (Cambridge U. Press 2007) (co-edited with P. Mavroidis)
  • The International Trade Law of Contingent Protection (Cambridge U. Press 2009) (co-edited with P. Mavroidis)
  • Cases and Materials on European Union Law (West Pub. 4th ed. 2016) (co-authored)
  • Transatlantic Regulatory Cooperation: Legal Problems and Political Prospects (Oxford U. Press 2001) (co-edited with M. Herdegen & P. Lindseth)
  • American Bar Association Guide to European Union Administrative Law (ABA Pub., 2008) 


  • The Yukos Annulment: Answered and Unanswered Questions, 27 Am. Rev. Int’l Arb. 1 (2016)
  • International Standards as a Choice of Law Option in International Arbitration (forthcoming, Am. Rev. Int’l Arb., 2016
  • Limits to Party Autonomy in Composition of the Arbitral Panel, in Limits to Party

Autonomy in International Commercial Arbitration 83 (F. Ferrari, ed., Juris Pub. 2016)

  • Jurisdiction in international Arbitration: Courts v. Arbitrators, in International Commercial Arbitration in

New York (eds. J. Carter & D. Lindsey) (2d ed., Oxford Univ. Press 2016)

  • International Commercial Arbitration: Present Challenges and Future Prospects: Festschrift for John Beechey (forthcoming 2016)
  • “Sounds and Silences”: Case note on the Gazprom Judgment of the European Court of Justice, 22 Maastricht J. Eur. & Comp. L. 888 (2015)
  • The “Gateway Problem” in International Commercial Arbitration, 37 Yale Journal of International Law 1 (2012)
  • Navigating EU Law and the Law of International Arbitration, 28 Arb. Int’l 397 (2012)
  • Arbitrability Trouble, 23 Am. Rev. Int’l Arb. 367 (2012)
  • The Supreme Court Trilogy and its Impact on U.S. Arbitration Law, 22 Amer. Rev. Int’l Arb. 551 (2011)
  • The UK Supreme Court Speaks to International Arbitration: Learning from the Dallah Case, 22 Am. Rev. Int’l Arb 1 (2011)
  • Mandatory Rules in International Commercial Arbitration, in Conflict of Laws in International Arbitration (F. Ferrari & S. Kroll, eds., 325, Sellier Pub., 2010)
  • Ascertaining the Parties’ Intentions in Arbitral Design, 113 Penn St. L. Rev. 993 (2009)
  • American Exceptionalism in International Arbitration, in Contemporary Issues in International Arbitration and Mediation: The Fordham Papers 2011 (Arthur Rovine, ed., 3, Martinus Nijhoff 2012)
  • The Prospects of Eco Swiss v. Benetton for International Commercial Arbitration: A Comment on Eco Swiss v. Benetton, in The Practice of Arbitration: Essays in Honor of Hans van Houtte (P. Wautelet, T. Kruger & G. Coppens, eds., 305, Hart Pub. 2012)
  • Reconciling European Union Law Demands with the Demands of International Arbitration, in “A Man for All Treaties”: Festschrift for JC Piris) (Jean Paul Jacqué et al., eds., 41, Bruylant, 2011); also in 34 Fordham Int’l L. J. 1193 (2011)
  • Domesticating the New York Convention: The Impact of the Federal Arbitration Act, 2011 J. Int’l Disp. Settlement 317 (2011); also in Comparative Perspectives on international Arbitration (Giuditta Cordero Moss, ed., Cambridge Univ. Press, 2012)
  • Parallel Jurisdiction: Is Convergence Possible?, 2011 Priv. Int’l L. 21 (2012), also in Convergence and Divergence in Private International Law:  Festschrift for Kurt Siehr (Katharina boele-Woelki, Talia Einhorn, Daniel Girsberger, & Syemon Symeonides, eds., 579,  Schultess Pub. 2010)
  • The Role of Courts and Arbitrators in Determining Arbitral Jurisdiction in U.S. Law: Festschrift for Pierre Tercier 727 (Montcretien Pub. 2008)
  • Restating the Law of International Commercial Arbitration, 42 N.Y.U. J. Law & Politics 175 (2009)
  • Mandatory Rules of Law in International Arbitration, 18 Am. Rev. Int’l Arb. 1 (2007)
  • The Emergence of Transatlantic Regulation, in Legal Challenges in EU Administrative Law (H. Hofmann & A. Turk, eds., 168, Elgar Pub. 2009)
  • Dramatic Sideshows at the Hearing: Festschrift for Michael Schneider) (2014)
  • Litigation in the Civil law and Common Law: The Basics, in Litigation Strategies and Practice (Barton Legum & Ethan A. Berghoff, eds., 2d ed., 2014)
  • La concertation reglementaire transatlantique, in Vers de nouveaux equilibres entre ordres juridiques : Festschrift for Helene Gaudemet-Tallon (Dalloz 2008)
  • La protection des droits de l’individu aux Etats-Unis: proportionnalite et federalisme, in Droit global: des droits au droit : les droits de la personne, fondement du droit (L. Vogel, ed., 41, Institut de Droit Compare Pub. 2007)
  • The Emergence of Transatlantic Regulation, in Economic Law and Justice in Times of Globalisation: Festschrift for Carl Baudenbacher 275 (Nomos 2007)
  • The European Law Institute: A Transatlantic Perspective: Festschrift for Prof. Bernard Audit (2016)
  • S. Class Actions and the ‘Global Class,’ 19 Kan. J. L. & Pub. Policy 91 (2009)
  • New Frontiers in the Relationship between National and European Courts, 32 Ford. Int’l L. J. 601 (2009)Comparative Law and International Organizations, in The Cambridge Companion to Comparative Law (Mauro Bussani & Ugo Mattei, eds., Cambridge Univ. Press 2012) 


  • Book Review, Reshaping the Investor-State Dispute Settlement System(Jean E. Kalicki & Anna Joubin-Bret, eds.), ICSID Review 1 (2015)
  • Book Review, Thomas Carbonneau, Toward a New Federal Arbitration Act (Oxford), Global Arbitration Review (2015)
  • Book Review, Peter Rutledge, Arbitration and the Constitution, Am. Rev. Int’l Arb. (2014) 


  • Doctor honoris causa, University of Fribourg, Switzerland (2004)
  • Doctor honoris causa, Universitê de Versailles-St. Quentin, France (2011)
  • Doctor honoris causa, Universidad Cesar Vallejo, Lima, Peru (2017)
  • Jean Monnet Chair in European Union Law, conferred by Commission of the European Union
  • Distinguished Service Award, American Foreign Law Association (2006)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, American Society of Comparative Law (2016)
  • Honorary President, American Society of Comparative Law (2004)
  • Distinguished Service Award, American Bar Association, Section of Administrative Law


  • Tocqueville-Fulbright Distinguished Professorship (University of Paris I) (2006)
  • Honorary member, American Association of Private International Law (ASEDIP) (2009)
  • Honorary Member, Group of the 100 of the Center of Legal Innovation, Development

and Research for Latin America (2011)

  • V. Starr Award, New York Law School (2009)
  • Recognition as leading international arbitrator: Chambers USA 2006 to date), Who’s

Who Legal (2005 to date), Juris Guide to International Arbitrators (2001 to date)

Banking and Financial Services

Doctor honoris causa, University of Fribourg, Switzerland (2004)

Jervey Fellow, Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law, 1973 to 1975
D. Yale Law School, 1971 (editor of the Yale Law Journal)
A. Yale College, 1967 (summa cum laude with exceptional distinction in political science) 


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